Language Scientific’s Swahili Translation Services

Language Scientific provides high quality Swahili translation services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of Swahili. We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.

Our approach to translation quality management is founded on the principle that engineering documents should be translated by professional translators who are also engineers, and medical documents need to be translated by linguists trained in the medical sciences. We use a combination of advanced people, certified processes and applied technologies to deliver you a better translations experience. We deliver reliable, high quality translations with confirmed turnaround times at competitive prices.

Language Scientific has two divisions—Technical and Engineering Localization and Translation Services Division and Medical and Pharmaceutical Localization and Translation Services Division. Both groups provide a full range of Swahili language services to support your strategic global communication goals, including:

We offer a unique depth of subject-matter expertise via our Advanced Scientific Knowledge network (ASKnetwork™) and globalization know-how for companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Chemical, Clinical Research, Energy, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Technology and related industries. Our ASKnetwork™ of over 6,000 specialists comprises multilingual engineers, doctors and scientists working in over 75 countries on 5 continents.

Language Scientific’s unique Accreditation Program for Technical and Medical Translators, along with a rigorous Quality Management System, ensures the quality standards that our clients have come to depend on. Language Scientific’s Quality Management System is ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 17100:2015 certified. We work closely with you to tailor a solution to best fit your needs.

At Language Scientific, we are driven by the mission to set the new Standard of Quality for technical translation and localization. It is this mission that drives our success and sets us apart as a company. When you need precise global communication, Language Scientific is the clear choice.

Swahili/Kiswahili Language Statistics/Facts:

The most significant language on the African continent is Swahili (sometimes called Kiswahili), which is included in the Bantu language group. According to different evaluations, the number of people who speak Swahili varies from 50 to 60 million. Swahili is the most popular and widespread language in Africa. Swahili is proclaimed as official language in such counties as Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. In addition, a considerable part of population in East Africa’s neighboring countries, including Somalia, Comoros, Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, northern Mozambique and much of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and the west coast of Madagascar, can perfectly understand Swahili.

Knowing how to speak Swahili allows one to quite easily communicate with most representatives of Central Africa. The Swahili writing system is based on the Arabic and Latin alphabets. Swahili is a language of radio and television, music, mass culture, politics and army. Almost all service workers and merchandisers can speak Swahili. The biggest peculiarity of this language is the fact that Swahili is not connected with any specific ethnos or people. According to various sources, Swahili is a native language for only 2-5 million people, while all the rest know Swahili as their second language. The definition of “Swahili” has more of a socio-cultural significance than an ethnical one.

Swahili and Kiswahili Dialects:

KibajuniBajuni Islands, boarder between Somali and Kenya
ChimwiiniSouth of Somalia, especially Barawa town
KimwaniKerimba Islands and northern coast of Mozambique
Mombasa-LamuLamu Island, Pate Island, Mombasa area, Pangani, Rufiji, Vanga, Mafia Island, Zanzibar City, Madagascar, southern coast of Keny
PembaPemba Island, Kilwa district
SidiGujarat (extinct dialect)

Countries where Swahili is spoken:

  • Burundi
  • Libya
  • Rwanda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Canada
  • Madagascar
  • Somali
  • United States
  • Comoros Islands
  • Malawi
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Mozambique
  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar
  • Kenya
  • Oman
  • Uganda

Swahili/Kiswahili Speaking Country Data:

Country: Tanzania

Capital: Dodoma
Population: 53,950,935
Presidential  Republic: President John Magufili
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
GDP (ppp): $3,100
Unemployment: 10.3%
Government Type: Presidential Republic
Industries: Agriculture, mineral extraction, electricity, food industry, textile, chemicals, machinery There are 30 administrative regions in Tanzania.

Country: Kenya

Capital: Nairobi
Population: 47,279,188
Presidential Republic: President Uhuru Kenyatta
Currency: Kenyan Shilling
GDP (ppp): $55.24 b
Unemployment: 40%
Government Type: Presidential Republic
Industries: Tourism, agriculture, food industry, oil refinery, textile and fibers, chemicals, wood, pharmaceutical industry, paper, energy Kenya has 8 provinces.

Country: Uganda

Capital: Kampala
Population: 39,570,125
Presidential Republic: President Yoweri Museveni
Currency: Ugandan Shilling
GDP (ppp): $2,100
Unemployment: 9.4%
Government Type: Presidential Republic
Industries: Agriculture, production of buildings and construction materials, electricity, chemicals, mining, forestry, tourism. Uganda is divided into 111 districts.

Country: South Africa

Capital: Cape Town
Population:  55,528,693
Constitutional Parliamentary Republic: President Jacob Zuma
Currency: Rand
GDP (ppp): $13,500
Unemployment: 51.3%
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Automotive, mining, minerals, tourism, information technology, communicatins, electronics, chemicals, and agriculture

Swahili History

The origin of the Swahili language can be traced back to the 6th century A.D. when it was regarded as a language of the slaves brought to Zanzibar. The region was ruled by Arabs at that time who helped spread the language due to their settlements in Zanzibar and their need to trade with the locals. As the number of trading routes increased, the merchants speaking Swahili moved to the countries and regions they were trading with, thus expanding the area where Swahili was used. By the end of 18th century, there were written literary examples of Swahili.

The 19th century opened a new page in Swahili history due to Arab rule coming to an end. European colonization changed Swahili significantly as it was influenced by Latin as opposed to Arabic script.

Swahili only first started to be taught recently. The first dictionaries and grammar of Swahili were created in the second half of the XIX century by German specialists when Tanganyika became a colony of Germany. After World War II, Swahili became the official language of communication among the entire population of British South Africa. This necessitated further development of the language. Swahili was included in the elementary educational system. During the fight for independence, Swahili anticolonial propaganda was launched. Since obtaining freedom, all free states of South Africa have used Swahili as the primary language of education, and targeted campaigns have been launched to conquer illiteracy.

Scientific interest in Swahili keeps growing with the lapse of time. Hence, this language has become an object of research in numerous universities and scientific communities of the European Union states, the USA, China and Japan. For instance, in Yale University, there is a special program that focuses on the learning of African language. At Yale big attention is given to Swahili as a main language of Africa, which has unique linguistic culture. In addition, one of Tanzanian universities has opened the Research Institute of Swahili that publishes scientific works dedicated to possible problems of the language, queries of its literature, culture and traditions.